Glass Table Insert

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Project by Bill Akins posted 505 days ago 1563 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since spring has arrived, I was setting up my glass top patio table. The plastic insert ring for the umbrella had disentegrated. I knew the umbrella pole rubbing the glass in the wind would eventually crack it. I found a scrap piece of sarvis wood, measured the pole and hole, and turned this insert. It was pretty like it was but to match I sprayed it with black and then spar varnish. I know it was a small, quick project but I think this is the first time I have used my lathe for something practical, other than gifts. I have a few request for these already.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 505 days ago

Good idea and it looks like it worked.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 505 days ago

Looks like it’ll certainly do the job.
Back when I worked at the big orange box we had folks come in every year wanting to buy these, because like you say, the sun just ruins them

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#4 posted 505 days ago

very good idea… My outdoor table ring has been missing for years and it has cut a groove into the wooden pole of my umbrella. I’ll have to try and make one of these to protect the pole and hide the groove.


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#5 posted 505 days ago

THIS IS WHY…woodworking MUST be kept in our schools…I often find I am thinking of ways that I can solve problems with this craft…HANDS ON SKILLS…PROBLEM solving skills are eroding from our education under NCLB and I think your solution is proof that once you are using your skills you think of new ways to solve problems…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 505 days ago

That came out really nice Bill.
Better then the original, that’s for sure.
And I bet that outlasts the original too.

It’s funny you should mention using your lathe for practical stuff, other then gifts.
I have found myself doing more & more of the same thing.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#7 posted 505 days ago

Nice! I did the same thing at my house about 6 months ago!
I opted for the “natural” wood look, but after looking at yours, maybe black was the way to go.

It’s amazing how satisfying these quick little projects can be….

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#8 posted 504 days ago

Great build, I need one of these too. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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